It’s over. Mission accomplished. As planned, we have travelled from Brazil to Canada, via Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and the USA, without, I repeat, without boarding an aeroplane.
Now that I’m more flashpacker than backpacker, I’m starting to realise the importance of good accommodation when it comes to travel. Salento, in Colombia’s Zona Cafetera, could have been a big fat let down…
Review of the best hostel on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls.
Review of Ecological Expeditions Hostel, Bonito. Excellently located fro trips into the Pantanal, swimming excursions to Bonito’s famous rivers, and friendly too.
Iconic Ipanema Beach is home to Rio de Janeiro’s elite. The sweep of soft, white sand is backed by skyscrapers, exclusive hotels and designer shops. Christ the Redeemer looms between gaps in the architecture and mountains surround the beach on three sides. Out to sea, precipitous green islands lurch from the waves. Base yourself in … Read more
The advantages of staying in two very different areas of Rio – Santa Teresa and Ipanema – in two very different types of accommodation. And hang gliding!
The Dibru-Saikhowa National Park was awarded national park status in 1999. Since then its population of river dolphins has grown and the park guides haven’t lost any elephants to poachers recently. In fact, their job is as much about protecting tourists from rampaging animals as it is protecting animals from greedy poachers. One guide told us they only ever fire warning shots, and they do this so infrequently they only change their bullet cartridge once a year, due to rust. The biggest problem is illegal logging.
I think I have found Mother Nature’s womb. It is in Assam. Today we drove to Digboi to see the Oil Museum and Allied WWII cemetery, and then on to Ledo to see the start of the WWII-built Stilwell Road that leads to Kunming, China. The scenery we passed through was so verdant and fertile I swear I could see the earth heaving in great lungfuls of carbon dioxide.